Big Changes to Microsoft Office for Tablets: Android Preview, Free Editing in iPad Apps

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Welcome news has arrived for those tired of the limited Office options available on Android tablets, as well as those looking for an inexpensive way to work with Microsoft Office on an iPad or iPhone.

Microsoft OfficeAn upcoming preview of Office apps for Android tablets will provide the first official glimpse at how the productivity suite looks on Google’s OS. Android tablet users can sign up for the preview now, which is expected to grant them access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other applications. The software will likely debut early next year, following the current sign-up period.

iPad and iPhone News

New features and apps are on their way to iOS, as well. Previously, you would’ve needed an Office 365 subscription to access Office tools, and they were only available for iPad.

Now, both iPhone and iPad users can now download Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for use on either device. These apps are similar to the ones already available for the iPad; however, they’ve been outfitted with a number of new features and tools. For instance, you can now edit documents without subscribing to Office 365. You’ll still need a subscription if you want every available feature, such as the newly-added Dropbox integration.

Android and iOS users have asked for a comprehensive mobile Office solution for quite some time, and this announcement further establishes the Redmond-based company’s dedicated to migrating their products to mobile and beyond Windows.

Whether you use iOS devices or Android tablets, Microsoft Office is on the way — with many additions and upgrades, bringing the apps closer to their desktop brethren, are sure to follow.




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